"I thought he looked great," Scioscia said. "A couple of balls were up a bit. He threw some changeups. He's working on his fastball command, mainly."
Peter Bourjos fouled out leading off the third, then chased Palmer with a three-run triple in the seven-run inning. While Palmer allowed five hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, all the runs were unearned because of a fielding error by Cruz at third on Chris Iannetta's two-out grounder.
Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen got the win despite allowing three hits and a walk in the third, when Yasiel Puig hit an RBI double and scored on Cruz's double.
NOTES: Scioscia said 1B Albert Pujols will be ready for the April 1 opener at Cincinnati following right knee surgery in October. Pujols, who has not appeared in exhibition games this year, joked he did not need an at-bat to be prepared. "He's not going to need the 40 or 50 or 60 that some guys need, but there's a range where a player gets comfortable not only with seeing velocity, but getting locked in and to get some balance," Scioscia said. "He'll be ready for the season." ... Scioscia said reliever Ryan Madson is playing catch at 90 feet. "He's picking up his intensity a little bit," the manager said. Madson missed last season following elbow surgery and has a sore elbow.